Archive for March, 2021

Corporate communism?

The Federalist headlines of note:

The PJ Media morning briefing … Teachers’ Unions Are Heading for the Ninth Circle of Hell. Stephen Kruiser — “for those who need a refresher is all about treachery and betrayal. … also the circle in which Satan lives.”

“It is important to note that even I don’t think all union teachers are evil. Their union masters are though. And, as my friend Larry O’Connor points out over at Townhall, the good teachers need to start speaking out against and challenging their greedy (Dante’s Fourth Circle), corrupt, and treacherous leadership.

Say, Whatever Happened To Biden’s Transparency Pledge? I & I Editorial Board — “keeping people in the dark is good policy.” … “Even if what Biden said were true, that a massive surge of unaccompanied children happens every year, it means he was caught entirely flat-footed for this supposedly predictable event. In other words, either Biden is lying or he’s incompetent.” … “Just try to imagine the wall-to-wall 24/7 outcry from the press, politicians, celebrities, late-night “comedians” if Trump had done something like this.” … “If anything, Biden is a worse offender since he solemnly promised a new era of honesty and tell-it-like-it-is transparency.”

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Take note: Hostpry repeats; The rot progresses.

Situational Ethics: Allegations Facing Anti-Trump Figures Dampen Demands For Disbarments. Jonathan Turley — “After the 2020 election, activists launched scorched earth campaigns against conservative figures that included calls for the disbarment or delicensing of Trump lawyers, doctors, and even U.S. senators”

The Commonalities Between the Rise of the Nazis and the Tactics of the American Left Cannot be Ignored. Steve McCann — “any thoughtful and unemotional examination of the tactics the Nazi Party used to gain and maintain power in the 1920’s and 30’s will reveal numerous stark similarities to those being used by the left and the Democrat Party today.”

Taking Notes as the Rot Began. Rafe Champion — “The preface of the 1981 edition is a mournful reflection on several decades of regression in the public education system, much of it driven by the graduates of the courses in Education which he deplored in the first edition.”

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A deplorably biased mainstream media?

Study: Media Reported Only Bad COVID News (Until Trump Lost). I & I Editorial Board — “Researchers at Dartmouth College and Brown University did a content analysis of tens of thousands of COVID-19 news stories to look at the levels of negativity.” … “There’s a precedent for this. When George H.W. Bush was running for reelection in 1992, coverage of the economy was overwhelmingly negative, despite the fact that one of the shallowest and shortest recessions on record ended in March 1991.” … “We all know how deplorably biased the mainstream media is. But even we can be stunned when we see blatant evidence of it like this.”

The ‘Pathetic’ Genesis of a Fake News Story. Stephen B. Presser — “Truth ought still to be the most important thing in our lives and our politics, but truth is not advanced by assertions taken out of context to affirm a narrative.” This is about the (mis)reporting on the Powell v Dominion case. “As I have argued in this space before, the American people should still demand a full airing of the disputed fairness of this last presidential election—an airing that has yet to take place.”

Mark Wauck: An Independent Judiciary? — “Anyone who’s been following the January 6 Event and the Sedition Hoax will be aware that the elements of this offense–the conspiring and especially the element of force connected to planning for the event–are notably lacking.”

The Justice Department Is Struggling With January 6 Protest Cases — an Overview. Shipwreckedcrew — “the evidence the government is bringing before the courts doesn’t measure up to the rhetoric used by prosecutors and federal agents in their early comments, both in the courtroom as well as sworn affidavits.” … “one issue that is percolating at this moment in several pending cases — but has not yet broken out into the public arena quite yet — is a determined and widespread tactical effort by the Department of Justice to keep the actual evidence it has in all these cases out of public view.”

What Nobody Tells You About the Alamo and the Texas Revolution of the 1830s. ¡No Pasarán! — “The problem with the Left, international as well as American, is that they obsess so much over every sin, real or alleged, of the United States, going berserk over American/Western guilt, that they leave other nations — and their citizens — totally unscathed from the minutest amount of criticism, all the while ignoring basic historical facts.”

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Victory of the Neurotics?

Briefly Noted: Education. Mark Wauck — “From Montgomery County, MD. But this could be “education” in most any government schools throughout most of America: … t’s obviously propaganda rather than actual civic education.”

Who Benefited from the Canceling of Congress’s 2020 Election Probe? Michael G. Zey — “the first step in a criminal inquiry is establishing motive. … Who then benefited from an incursion into the Capitol Building that prevented this disclosure of voter fraud evidence?”

States can’t enforce boundaries against interstate emigration. neo — “”

“For quite a while, though, it’s been apparent that this simple fact has been responsible for at least some of the leftward drift of our country. Over and over we seem to have the following phenomenon: people who are upset with something or many things the left has imposed or allowed in their own home states – high taxes, toleration of large numbers of street people, crime, release of prisoners, leftist ideology in school systems, crumbling infrastructure – leave for more pleasant environments where states and cities are well-managed and clean, housing is affordable, and taxes are relatively low.

And then they vote for people advocating policies that will turn their new states of abode in the direction of their old states.

The Hunter Biden Gun Story: This One Should Be Hard to Make Go Away – Part 1. Shipwreckedcrew — “Hunter Biden committed a felony and the evidence comes in the form of his own statements which establish his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. It’s not just any felony, it is a felony that is regularly prosecuted in every federal judicial district in this country, and in significant numbers on an annual basis — especially when Democrats are running the DOJ.”

Election Fraud: Three Challenges That Must Be Overcome. Stu Cvrk — “Overcoming Democrat attempts to institutionalize election fraud … Restoring trust in federal and state government agencies … Educating the general public”

Who Is Shaking The Jar? — “If they keep us focused on fighting each other, they believe we will not notice their reprehensible criminality, as they manipulate the masses through psychological engineering and the employment of propaganda techniques to push their desired narrative.”

“The technique of using propaganda to manipulate the opinions of the masses, put forth by Edward Bernays almost one hundred years ago, has been enhanced and perfected by the deceitful and traitorous psychopaths operating as the shadow government, as they purposely construct false narratives and bogeymen, so they can expand their supremacy, dominion, and fortunes. It has always been this way, as human nature never changes, but the level and intensity has been ratcheted up to a degree never seen before in human history.

The Zhou Baiden March 25 Event. Mark Wauck — “my wife and I have lately been marveling at what I call the Victory of the Neurotics. … In a society in which neurosis–the quest for personal “safety” to the exclusion of all other considerations–dominates, is it any wonder that citizens are willing to be gaslighted by the Globalist Guardians of what used to be our Republic?”

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Powerful confusion and misdirection

When The Powerful Say Truth Is A Lie And Lies Are The Truth, No One Will Stand Up For America But You. Christopher Bedford — “In an age when Americans have grown used to casually shrugging away their freedoms at the whim of TV pundits, this kind of propaganda is seriously dangerous.” … “Reasonable people can disagree on if they think the Democrats or Republicans are right or wrong in their different initiatives, but the stark difference between these two top news headlines is glaring — and not too long ago would have been deeply embarrassing to any serious news editor.”

Department of Justice Is Investigating the Lead Prosecutor for the Capitol Riots and the Fix Is In. streiff — “I’d like to think that Sherwin would suffer some kind of repercussions for overtly attempting to deprive American citizens of the right to a fair trial just to angle for a bigger and better job in the Department of Justice. But the one thing we’ve learned over the past four years is that Justice takes care of its own. When you have a lawyer forge a document used to deceive a court so electronic surveillance could be carried out against a presidential candidate, his campaign, his transition team, and his administration get probation, you know that Sherwin is in no danger whatsoever of any punishment.”

First battlefront drawn in Georgia in epic fight over future of American elections. John Solomon — “Is ID requirement a voter suppression tactic or a responsible security measure? Georgia is ground zero for settling debate, future of American elections.” … “Remarkably, the concept of voter ID that was widely embraced just 16 years ago by a bipartisan election commission chaired by former President Jimmy Carter has now become the leading symbol of what Democrats allege are Repoublican voter suppression tactics”

Biden Unhinged: Calls Attempts To Stop Election Fraud ‘Sick’ And ‘Un-American’. I & I Editorial Board — “So what is it that states are trying to do? First, it’s worth clearing up a few things Biden rattled off.”

A general overview of Biden’s first press conference. Andrea Widburg — “From the very first moment of Biden’s first press conference, one could tell that the days of Trump press conferences were gone. … Gotcha questions, lectures, fights, interruptions, blatant disrespect — not from Trump, but from the media. It was they who created a sense of chaos and divisiveness, not Trump. It was very different this time.”

Getting the facts right on Operation Warp Speed. Paul Roderick Gregory — “judged by its own benchmarks — regulatory approval and vaccinations by the end of 2020 and the accelerated delivery of 300 million doses — OWS is a rare private-public partnership that has met its performance benchmarks.”

A Wilderness of Lies. The Z Man — “no one living in Russia accepted what was told to them through state media as the truth. It could be true but was most likely false. The game was to figure out what the lies meant. Instead of poring over photos in the newspapers, citizens relied on their personal networks to provide a narrative that explained what they could see happening around them. There was public truth and private truth. — This is something Americans are learning.”

The Mask Nonsense Doesn’t Stop, Even From Unexpected Sources. Kevin Roche — fisking Mirengoff at Powerline.

Follow The ‘Science,’ They Said. Victor Davis Hanson — “As a general rule, the next time an official, a politician, or an expert lectures us on the “science,” make sure that he is not projecting his own unscientific biases onto others.” … “Science” is used to denigrate a perceived enemy of the people, and ignored to enhance a guardian of the flock.”

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Will 1/6 live in infamy?

Prosecutors Now Backing Away from Statements and Charges Against January 6th Protestors.  Sundance — “The approach of building a political narrative through false accusations and over-charging in the DOJ is the essence of Lawfare. The government has endless taxpayer resources to fuel their political weaponization of the judiciary. – The process of the charges then becomes the punishment by design.”

The Q Lie: The Power-Grab After January 6th Was The Real Insurrection. Thomas J. Farnan — “It is now obvious that the continued military occupation of Washington D.C. under a phony, Q-pretext is a purposeful overreaction to silence objections over the use of mass mail-in ballots to swing the 2020 election.”

Dept. of Homeland Security flirting with totalitarianism. Thomas Lifson — “Now that the Department of Justice and FBI are using the 1/6/21 Capitol incursion to demonize all who attended the massive rally that day, imputing “insurrection,” “white supremacy,” and “extremism” to them, massive political repression may be coming.” … “Just try and dissent once those pending steps are accomplished. You will be looking out from inside a new iron curtain.”

Time to Stand Up for the Second Amendment More Than Ever. [Epoch Times warning] Roger L. Simon — “Maybe we should ban Facebook instead of guns.”

Has there ever in US history been a more pitiful Cabinet? Patricia McCarthy — “We are all beginning to realize, too late, that being woke is a form of mass hysteria meant to undermine every essential tenet of Judeo-Christian values.”

What Trump Derangement Syndrome Has Wrought. Lauri B. Regan — “At less than 100 days in, Trump-haters have imposed growing disasters on the country. Trump-hating voters cared about one thing and it wasn’t the success of Operation Warp Speed, a strong economy, or peace in the Mideast. Bad Orange Man must go, the country, our kids’ and grandkids’ futures be damned. And we reap what we sow.”

Truth And Lies In A Digital Media Era. Carver Gunlocke — “Americans are submerged in an ideological fog of artificial truth thanks to the American media. In step with them are digital social media platforms. In addition, our universities, political class, and elites are foisting information that is laden with lies and half-truths to promote their social and political agenda — and they are doing it with some considerable success.”

California Officials Accepted 99.4 Percent Of Mail-In Ballots In 2020. With Newsom Recall, It’s A Completely Different Story. Jonathan S. Tobin — “When it comes to leftists protecting their own from accountability, it appears that only the strictest of scrutiny will do.” … “in California, Democrats who were trying to stop the recall were not concerned with defending the notion that every signature, just like every vote, should be counted.”

The cult of the vaccine. Landon Freeman — “Close your eyes and think back to a time in which you, your kids, or any other loved one received a vaccine. Chances are, the event wasn’t treated as if it was some grandiose event.”

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Bought and paid for

Big Media Show Why You Can’t Trust Them To Report Fairly On Biden’s Immigration Fiasco. I & I Editorial Board — “Once again, photos show “kids in cages.” But this time, the Big Media are mostly silent, or making excuses, as are the Democrats who helped create this inhumane mess.” … “The left-media have again disgraced themselves in not truthfully reporting on an issue vital to our nation. Sadly, these days the media print lies like the Fed prints money. It’s up to all of us to hold them accountable.”

So the FBI knew all about the Colorado shooter … Monica Showalter — “While they were out there busy looking for ‘white supremacists’ this admitted refugee from Syria was making plans to kill –

And he’s not the first.” … “the politicization of the bureau seems to be going hand in hand with the increased money and personnel being larded onto the bureau.” … “The prevalence of spray-shooters ought to leave the FBI no time for political persecutions that benefit only Democrats. They need focus now on real threats and be on the hot seat if they don’t.”

Once again, Democrats are capitalizing on death to grab your guns. Andrea Widburg — “The Democrats, whipped into a frenzy by shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, are once again coming for the Second Amendment.”

“the racism behind the Democrats’ anti-gun pushes is always shocking. Every single day in Democrat-run cities inner city, youths – usually Black or Hispanic – shoot at and often succeed in killing each other or, worse, innocent bystanders. These killings never lead to serious calls for gun control. Inner-city people are fungible if they keep voting Democrat.

There are many more arguments to be made against the Democrats’ desperation to disarm you, but these arguments are a start. Donate to a gun rights organization and call your senators and House representatives. If the camel gets its nose through the tent on the current initiatives, you can be guaranteed that the whole camel will follow soon and your guns will go.

H.R. 1 is Emblematic of the Crisis of American Democracy. Conrad Black — “There is no possibility that properly apprised of the contents of H.R. 1, the American people would approve of it.” … “There is no evidence at all after 60 days of the new administration, of any disposition to collaborate with moderate Republicans in a centrist response to the many policy challenges the administration faces.”

“So swift has the crisis of American democracy arisen that even those who clearly see the threats to it from these initiatives of the Democrats can scarcely believe their senses that such an assault could occur in a country that has had a legitimate claim to be the principal democracy in the world, either alone or along with Great Britain, for all of its history.

Election ‘Safety’ Grants May Have Swung Arizona to Biden, Report Finds. Fred Lucas — “Money from the founder of Facebook touted as being for safe elections during the pandemic may have affected the outcome of the presidential race”

‘Who Are These Outsiders?’ Big Tech $$$$ – Zuck Bucks – Paid Government Election Offices to Become Turnout Machines for Biden in 2020 Election. Victoria Taft — “Joe Biden boasted last fall from his basement that he had the best “voter fraud organization” in the country. We thought it was one of his typical malapropisms, but it turns out, he may not have been kidding around.”

The Climate Headline The Legacy Media Wouldn’t Dare Write. I & I Editorial Board — “because he was an Obama appointee, the press simply ignores him. – Steve Koonin, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology- and CalTech-educated physicist, said last week that “discussions of existential threat, climate crisis, climate disaster are really at odds with what the official science says in reports that are issued by the U.N. and the U.S. government.” Shouldn’t the press have picked up on this?”

“It’s no small thing for a learned and highly credentialed physicist, particularly one who served the president who said “no challenge poses a greater threat to our future and future generations than a changing climate,” to beat back a political plot line. Yet the media have chosen to pretend Koonin never spoke and will continue to sow fear. None dare point out they’re part of a conspiracy to mislead.

Science in an Age of Fear. Chet Richards — “Far too many people believe that science is some mysterious entity which speaks in oracles and delivers miraculous new toys for people to marvel at and play with.”

“The tyranny of fear is being used to impose real political tyranny. We must resist the fear. We must not be afraid to say what we really think. In so doing we are very likely to discover we have unexpected allies. Never forget that intellectual freedom is the shield protecting all our freedoms.

Studies Find That Masks Work. Paul Mirengoff — See the comments to find out just how far Mirengoff is going to find comfort in his beliefs.

Do We Need Mask Mandates? Connor Harris — “The science suggests that more states should consider rescinding them.” This stands as a counter example to Mirengoff’s study in intellectual integrity both in its arguments and in its citations.

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Myths and facts

Black Lives Matter: The Myths and the Facts. William D. Rubinstein — “the BLM movement is one of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated by the Left on the American public and, by extension, on public opinion throughout the Western world. Its raison d’être is that America’s police forces systematically engage in widespread racist attacks, especially unjustified shootings, against ordinary black people simply going about their business. – The facts are different.” … “The more closely one looks at each purported case of an unjustified shooting of a black man by a policeman in America, the more dubious many of these claims seem.”

“The widespread publicity given to the George Floyd case, the riots and violence which ensued as a result, and the calls by the extreme Left to “defund” the police, have led to many police officers quitting their forces rather than put up with the lies and violence of the extreme Left.

The BLM movement and its allies have perpetrated one of the greatest hoaxes on modern American public debate, unfortunately with literally deadly consequences in too many cases. But as always, the central aim of America’s radicals is the destruction of society.

Biden’s Solar Energy Plan Has A Major Space Problem. Tyler Durden — “Biden clinched the top role last November on the back of a campaign promise to launch the Clean Energy Revolution in the country, with a chief aim of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Rystad Energy estimates that the significant utility solar PV installed capacity required to meet the target would occupy around 13,412 square miles of land, equivalent to 0.43% of the total land area in the lower 48 states, or roughly 50 times the size of Austin, Texas.”

The Democrat Party Has Declared War on America. Steve McCann — “The American Left and its wholly owned subsidiary, the Democrat party, has declared war on America by openly and ruthlessly attacking American society, its norms and foundational principles.”

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wholesale and virtually riskless defamation

Wife Suffers Miscarriage Day After FBI Raids Home Over Combat Veteran Husband’s Presence at US Capitol. Cassandra Fairbanks — “Christopher Kuehne maintains that he had traveled to the Capitol to protect Trump-supporting civilians from Antifa. Inside the Capitol, he was seen on video cleaning up trash before, he says, he helped to clear people out so police could get control of the situation.”

New emails deepen the mystery surrounding Election Night in Fulton County. Andrea Widburg — “The one thing that’s certain about Election Night is that, as long as the Democrat-run counties across America that deviated from election norms continue to resist scrutiny, at least half of all Americans are going to assume that they’re hiding election fraud that placed the wrong man in the White House.”

Laurence Silberman’s blast at the judicial establishment. Mark Wauck — “Silberman’s dissent focuses on the SCOTUS’ game changing 1964 decision in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, and the line of decisions that follow from it.”

“the SCOTUS has enabled the wholesale and virtually riskless defamation of any person or group that happens to be out of favor with those who control the institutions that control the public square. This is what concerns Silberman, and in this he sees the developments in media control and news delivery since 1964 a serious threat to our democracy.

A federal appellate judge challenged Supreme Court infallibility. Andrea Widburg — “Judge Silberman wrote a dissent challenging not only how the majority applied New York Times Co. v. Sullivan to the case before it but also challenging the entirety of the Supreme Court decision. It’s this last aspect that makes Silberman’s dissent noteworthy.”

A look at New York Times Co. v. Sullivan in 2021. neo — “it was easy to see the problem: how best to balance the need to have a free press with the need to protect people, even people in public life who are written about a great deal, from libel?”

“Back in 1964, when the case was decided, the situation was exceedingly different than it is today. Now we have a press that has no regard for truth, is almost wholly partisan and firmly on the left, and willing to do almost anything to help its side win.

Justice White’s description of the competing interests as he saw them is quite interesting. He sees on one side “the public’s interest in being fully informed about public officials and public affairs” and the other side as “the competing interest of those who have been defamed in vindicating their reputation.” Public versus individual interest – I believe that’s the traditional view. But what of the public’s interest in being informed of the truth rather than falsehoods?

Why We Should Hate “Hate Crime” Laws. Paul Mirengoff — “No doubt, any musings about race, broadly viewed, will be scrutinized the way a Talmudic scholar analyzes the Torah. Or, to provide a better analogy, the way a modern literature professor analyzes Shakespeare, looking for racial overtones and/or LGBT characters.” … “We are one society, or should be. Hate crime laws, like so many other aspects of wokeness, negate this noble aspiration.”

Jealous Dubya Bush emerges a pathetic, bitter little man. Monica Showalter — “he had plenty of hateful things to say about President Trump for the left-wing media, and he’s the smaller for it. – Here were his three worst whoppers, as cited by Business Insider”

Why Muslim Politicians Vote For Gay Marriage. Maureen Mullarkey — “Pope Francis, the most visible representative of Christianity’s presence in the world, has been in the forefront of efforts to present all religions as roughly equal, and equally good. He has, in short, encouraged the kind of naïveté that facilitates Islamic penetration of Western institutions.”

“We are witnessing the resurrection of Islam as a great and dangerous power. But instead of taking this as a signal to prepare for spiritual and cultural war, many Christians have taken it as an opportunity to display their tolerance. They invite Islam ever deeper into the fabric of our culture—a culture shaped in large part by Christianity.

Woke Progressivism Will Crash and Burn — and Here’s Why. Wen Wryte — “because the adherents of woke progressivism find it impossible to live up to their utopian expectations. Sooner or later the cognitive dissonance of living in a state of self-contradiction will become translated into a burning desire to punish others for not being perfect also. At that point the reactionary response will ensure their destruction.” … “Holland offers numerous examples of Christian sects following this pattern.”

Wealth of Nations’ Wealth Of Wisdom. Gary M. Galles — “This week marks the 245th anniversary of the most famous book by the most famous economist in history … Wealth of Nations is memorable for its articulation of how the “invisible hand” of market interactions can coordinate a society based upon liberty — private property rights and voluntary exchange — more effectively than can the coercive power of the state.”

Louis L’Amour: the Chronicler of Americanism. By Nicholas J. Kaster — “March 22 is the birthday of the iconic writer Louis L’Amour, a man whose name became synonymous with the American frontier and whose novels promoted old-fashioned patriotism and morality. America sorely misses his kind.”

Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis. Baruch Vainshelboim — “The existing scientific evidences challenge the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19.”

The Battle of Burbank. Clarice Feldman — “The wheels of justice seem in need of oiling and are moving slowly, but we can meet, eat, and drink while waiting it out at the Tinhorn Flats bar and restaurant in the meantime.”

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The art of the scam, drowning in it.

Judge Rules New York Times Used ‘Deceptive Disinformation’ To Smear Project Veritas. Tyler Durden — “What the Times did, as you’ll see below, is similar to countless hit-pieces against Zero Hedge and others; using broad, unsupported brush strokes to slander their ideological opponents. We can only hope this case sets new precedent for future defamation cases.”

The MSM and the Atlanta massage parlor murders. neo — “Almost? I assume Sullivan is being sarcastic here. But actually, they don’t need a script anymore. They know the playbook by heart.”

Why HR1 Threatens Election Integrity [via zerohedge]. Justin Riemer at RealClearPolitics.com — “Let’s look at just a few of the many areas where HR1 would nationalize elections and cancel out state integrity and confidence-building measures.” … “Cynics say that Republicans oppose this legislation because we want to restrict people from voting. This could not be further from the truth. The reality is that we want all eligible voters to be able to vote and vote easily — but voters must also have confidence that our elections systems have safeguards to prevent fraud and ensure accuracy.”

Digital Trails: How The FBI Is Identifying, Tracking, & Rounding-Up Dissidents [via zerohedge]. John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute. — “Databit by databit, we are building our own electronic concentration camps.” … “The government’s efforts to round up those who took part in the Capitol riots shows exactly how vulnerable we all are to the menace of a surveillance state that aspires to a God-like awareness of our lives.” … “Forget about being innocent until proven guilty.”

“As for the Fourth Amendment and its prohibitions on warrantless searches and invasions of privacy without probable cause, those safeguards have been rendered all but useless by legislative end-runs, judicial justifications, and corporate collusions.

The ‘net neutrality’ issue is a part and parcel of this.

The American Police State Is Now Forming. Jack Wisdom — “The image of the new wall or fence with razor wire on top that now surrounds the Capitol has been floating across the screen of my mind since it was erected.” … “Although the vulture mentality grows and expresses itself as the police state, the vultures pretend to be enlightened doves, bringing friendliness and meeting the needs — scientifically grounded, of course — for a more safe, clean, secure, intelligent, just, and cooperative environment.”

The Anatomy Of The Scam [via zerohedge]. Quintus Curtius at Fortress of The Mind — “We must remember that all con games play on two elements: greed and ignorance. Other emotions can be used, such as pity or guilt, but greed and ignorance are the mainstays.” Note the behaviors you can see in the election, climate change, white guilt, and other political ideologies on today’s forefront. You are the mark, the pigeon, and you’ve been had over and over again. “Do not underestimate the effectiveness of scams and cons. Good scammers are sociopaths. They can be extremely convincing.”

Kamala Harris exposed as a phony, once again over weed. Monica Showalter — “Pot has always been a fool-killer for phonies like Kamala Harris, our purported vice president. – Two of her most embarrassing, hypocritical political moments come down to pot, and now there’s going to be a third.

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The Truth is struggling to get out from under the rug

Have We Ever Had A President Like This Before? I & I Editorial Board — “No matter who is in charge, if it isn’t Biden, then his presidency is a fraud. To answer our own question, we’re convinced that we’ve ever had a president like this before, possibly dishonestly elected, and certainly insufficient in his abilities. We’re embarrassed for our country.”

“Given how evident Biden’s troubles are, we have to wonder, almost two months into his presidency, why aren’t the left-wing networks bringing mental health professionals to analyze Biden and declare him erratic, dangerous, and unfit, to scare the country, as they did Donald Trump?

Actually, we don’t wonder. We know: As Bob Dylan and Jacques Levy wrote in “Hurricane,” the media “all went along for the ride.”

What Happened to Our Country? Mike Miller — “Dr. Seuss books, Mrs. Butterworth’s Syrup, Uncle Ben’s Rice, beloved-by-generations Aunt Jemima. Gone in a flash. A collective stain on America and a danger to American society. And even more ominously: a danger to America’s children in their formative years.”

The Legends of Our Fall. Victor Davis Hanson — “The left-wing postmodern idea of “truth” as a mere pick-and-choose official narrative is now normal.” It’s such a long list he cites. “In our upside-down world, the smeared “liar” is the revealer of such fraud. And sadly the deified “truth-teller” is in truth the abettor of falsity. ”

As the Court Rulings and Findings Pile up, the Left Still Considers It a Crime to Question the 2020 Election Results. Scott Hounsell — “How long must we live in a world where asking legitimate questions and raising factual concerns about the manner in which the 2020 election was conducted, is considered a cardinal sin?” … “The facts are on the side of conservatives: Any and all of the changes instituted for mail ballots, almost exclusively benefited the left. That’s why they don’t want us asking questions or offering criticisms. Despite several court decisions supporting our cause, their treasonous behavior is excused.”

Interesting: Semi-Serious Social Science Study On January 6 Event. Mark Wauck — “The study comes from the prestigious University of Chicago, and includes some interesting information about the people who participated in as well as those who were arrested at the January 6 Event.” … “Interesting times? I hope so. The data in this study suggests this new movement may not just fade away in the face of DC political theater.”

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Military junta? Election and Health fraud? Evidence providing dissonance.

Who Is Our Military’s Enemy? Victor Davis Hanson — “Leftist administrations see the military foremost as a tool for accelerating their own progressive domestic changes.”

What’s Going on With U.S. Military and Democrat Politicization of The Institution. Sundance — “Considering the specific examples over the past few years, I would argue the Democrats are positioning for use of the military in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act -or- by an expressed act of congress.”

Media’s Entire Georgia Narrative Is Fraudulent, Not Just The Fabricated Trump Quotes. Mollie Hemingway — “The fake quotes, bad as they were, are just one of many ways the media have done a horrible job of covering election disputes in the state.”

Most 2020 Nevada election integrity cases resolved without finding of fraud; recent Republican document drop under review. Riley Snyder, Michelle Rindels — This an example of media malpractice. The individual on the hot seat is proclaiming innocence and the logical fallacy assuming all are as many is on display. What is missing is reliable evidence for conclusions of denial that do not give those with complaints anything upon which to find fairness in the consideration of what they have seen.

DHS Officials Warned Biden Transition Team About Revoking Trump Border Policies, Former Top Adviser Says. Ivan Pentchoukov — “The Biden administration is facing a surge of illegal border crossings on pace to be the highest in two decades. The influx coincided with Biden taking office and swiftly revoking more than a dozen key Trump immigration measures.”

Mask Mandates Do Not Save Lives. Spike Hampson — “at this stage, what we need to know is whether the widespread use of masks is measurably reducing the risk of death from the disease. To continue requiring the use of masks makes sense only if there is compelling data that death rates are lower for people who wear masks than it is for people who do not.”

“The impotence of mask mandates is particularly sobering since they usually proceed in lockstep with the other mandated actions intended to control the virus: hand-washing, social distancing, and lockdowns. Since all four control tactics are chasing the same goal (stop the spread of the virus), these data revealing the ineffectiveness of masks may suggest that the other three control tactics are less effective than hoped.

One Of The Lockdowns’ Greatest Casualties Could Be Science. Martin Kulldorff and Jay Bhattacharya — “Politicians, journalists, and scientists have transferred the disease burden onto the working class. They’ve also dangerously undermined scientific inquiry.” … “On the science, vigorous and hard scientific debate should be encouraged, but smearing, slander, politicization, and conspiracy theories that insinuate guilt by association must be combatted and never tolerated.” … “We tell the story here of five prominent scientists who have faced the modern-day inquisition.”

We Are All Immigrants? Not Exactly. Katharine A. Russell — “As with so many modern ideas, this one is founded on a canard. We all are most emphatically not immigrants.” … “many if not most of us are here due to nationhood and statehood initiatives born of our unique, federal approach to governance.”

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Georgia in the swamp

Media’s Entire Georgia Narrative Is Fraudulent, Not Just The Fabricated Trump Quotes. Mollie Hemingway — “The fake quotes, bad as they were, are just one of many ways the media have done a horrible job of covering election disputes in the state.” Here’s a blow by blow account up to and following November 3.

“As for the media, they’re doing what they always do — advancing a political agenda. Believing their characterization of lawsuits, phone calls, or anything else they report on is unwise.

But it wasn’t just the quotes they got wrong about Georgia. It was pretty much everything.

more from Mark Wauck: “The bottom line appears to be something along these lines: Five separate “news” organizations “confirmed” that the moon is made from green cheese.” …

The Sovereign Crime of Industrial Scale Vote Fraud. Jay Valentine — “2020 election fraud was an industrial level crime. It was of such magnitude that it moved from the category of an election crime to a sovereign crime.” … “Sovereign crime is not something we see a lot of in America as our governmental institutions are generally not organized to commit, support or hide a crime.”

Capitol Investigation Seeks to Criminalize Political Dissent. Julie Kelly — “The government’s response to the January 6 melee isn’t about justice. It’s about partisan retribution and revenge. And the consequences will be disastrous.” … “Convicting any of the Capitol defendants on charges of obstructing an official proceeding will cross a dangerous line—a line government prosecutors and federal judges clearly feel undeterred to cross. This isn’t about justice, it’s about partisan retribution and revenge. And the consequences will be disastrous.”

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Killing Puppies? It has come to that? Sure looks like it.

The Washington Post Kills Puppies When You’re Not Looking. Stephen Kruiser — “The Trump presidency was filled with fake bombshell stories that came from anonymous sources. I’d written from the beginning that these sources weren’t real. For the kajillionth time, I was right.”

“The mainstream media in this country is forever redefining “low.” Its hacks fabricate non-truths that are detrimental to people who oppose the leftist agenda. They are dangerous, awful people. They cloak themselves in the Constitution while actively seeking to destroy it. In the past few years they’ve been working overtime to dismantle most of the First Amendment and all of the Second, Fifth, and Fourteenth.

Washington Post Accuses Trump Of A Crime Based On Fabricated Quotes. Mark Hemingway — “The Washington Post anonymously printed fabricated quotes, attributed them to a sitting president, and used those quotes as a basis to speculate the president committed a crime.”

“In sum: The Washington Post anonymously printed fabricated quotes they knew were from a second-hand source in the office of a political enemy, couldn’t confirm the quotes with additional sourcing, still attributed them to the sitting president of the United States, used those quotes as a basis to speculate the president committed a crime, and the Democratic party would later repeatedly cite the bogus article when attempting to impeach Trump for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

But wait! It gets much worse. Several other major media outlets — including NBC, ABC, USA Today, PBS, and CNN — “confirmed” the fabricated quotes from the Post’s anonymous source by, get this, citing their own anonymous sources.

As alarming as all this is, in a disinformation climate such as the one we are currently living in, what happened with the Post’s correction is a rarity. Think for a second about all of the anonymously sourced stories you’ve read in recent years. Now realize it’s the dishonesty and manipulation that doesn’t get exposed that should scare you.

5 Other Totally Bogus Stories Designed To Hurt Trump The Media Got Away With. Gabe Kaminsky — “Here are five stories of major significance the corrupt media botched or created out of thin air.”

LUNACY: Speaker Nancy Pelosi Blames The Current Border Crisis On Climate Change. Collin Rugg — “stating, “My most recent trip to the northern triangle, that would be Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador. You saw the impact of climate change. These people were leaving because of the drought.” … “The current situation at the southern border is getting so bad that even Mexico’s liberal president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is speaking out against the Biden Administration.” – Interesting that global climate changes only takes place where they come from and not here.

Trump Issues Response To WaPo Election Call Hoax; Democrats Cited ‘Find The Fraud’ In Impeachment Brief. Tyler Durden — “You will notice that establishment media errors, omissions, mistakes, and outright lies always slant one way—against me and against Republicans. Meanwhile, stories that hurt Democrats or undermine their narratives are buried, ignored, or delayed until they can do the least harm”

American Media and Old Soviet Media Are Now Peas in a Pod. Michael Walsh — “This correction in the “news” pages of The Washington Post a few days ago is simply stunning—and tells you all you need to know about the state of the mainstream media today” … “What the communists understood, however, was that state control of the media was a prerequisite for tyranny: who were you going to believe, Pravda (which means truth in Russian) or your lying, counter-revolutionary eyes?”

When is a correction by the MSM not a correction? neo — “When it’s a stealth correction, way after the fact. And that’s the way it’s usually done, if it’s done at all.”

The Biden administration doesn’t need to answer questions. neo — “A more interesting question to me is whether the general public who voted for Biden knows or cares.” … “That’s what I see happening with Democrats and the MSM. And it’s only gotten worse over time, as the press has gotten more preposterous and more overt in its pro-Democrat/leftist bias.”

Will Left’s Violent Tendencies Lead To U.S. Breakup Or Dictatorship? I & I Editorial Board — “The Democratic Party’s far-left wing — or is that redundant? — has pursued a relentless gaslighting campaign against conservatives.”

Never Trumpers Illustrate Why Loyalty Is An Important Political Virtue. Auguste Meyrat — “Julie Kelly’s book, ‘Disloyal Opposition,’ ably documents just how tedious and unprincipled Donald Trump’s allegedly conservative critics turned out to be.”

“Whether it’s the sanctimonious French, the reptilian Kristol, or the unstable Jennifer Rubin, a common pattern emerges that goes beyond their opposition to Trump. Based on the evidence evidence Kelly lays out, all of them seem to suffer from a strange solipsism that prevents self-awareness. Besides Trump being wrong all of the time, they are always right — no matter what position they take or how much reality contradicts them.

They were like Brutus killing his friend Caesar, except they were far less justified and didn’t succeed. The only thing they killed was their credibility.

Georgia Judge May Unseal Fulton County Absentee Ballots For Fraud Investigation [zerohedge]. Jack Phillips at The Epoch Times — “The judge discussed an order that would prohibit Favorito’s group from disclosing their work without permission from the court, adding that he might appoint an official to oversee the analysis. The review of the ballots, according to Amero, could start in April, as reported by the AJC.”

A Study Shows VERY FEW Capitol Hill Rioters Were QAnon Red-Staters With Ties to ‘Right Wing’ Groups. Victoria Taft — “While colorful weirdos with names such as QAnon Shaman and Baked Alaska stole the headlines, people who were arrested by federal officials during and after the riot were a “broader core of people” with a healthy skepticism about the veracity of the November 2020 election, according to the study.”

Why It’s Impossible For Christianity To Ever Endorse Transsexuality. Glenn T. Stanton — “Christianity has a deeply grounded, beautiful understanding of what it means to be human — whether uniquely male or uniquely female.”

“The gender issue is not a battle Christians can simply choose to ignore or sit out. It has been brought to our very homes, to our children, to our communities. It must be answered and challenged with the truth of what it means to be human, because male and female are the image of God.

Roman Catholic Church Affirms Teaching on Marriage, Media Hardest Hit. Tyler O’Neil — “The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican body that enforces orthodoxy, issued the ruling against church blessings of same-sex unions on Monday, citing many of the church’s previous statements on the issue.”

‘Soft’ Science Has No Place in Government Policymaking. Henry I. Miller and Andrew I. Fillat — “This topic is important not just because of an inane assertion by a political appointee, but because science these days is often distorted by ideology and politics, and abetted by scientific illiteracy.” … “There are two problems with public officials legitimizing “soft science” as the basis for policymaking: It often fails to arrive at the right answers and can undermine public trust.”

“Real science is apolitical. The phrase “follow the science” is commonly used to persuade, even when the speaker knows “the science” is unclear, equivocal, or being misrepresented for political purposes. As a result, many officials have lost credibility and provoked defiance rather than compliance. The only long-term answer is dependence on honest and objective science – hard science – and the reporting of it.

Is The Pandemic Over? Thomas T. Siler — “After a year now of dealing with the SARS-COV-2 virus, we have learned a great deal about the pandemic.” … “Since January 8th there has been a significant drop in cases in the U.S. Hospitalizations and deaths are also going down in almost every locale. – This cannot be explained by changes in behavior (masking, etc.) and it is too early for the low level of vaccinations to explain this fall in infections. This drop happened despite more travel over Christmas and the holidays.”

NYT: We Might Owe A COVID-19 Lockdown Apology To Florida After All. Ed Morrissey — “Perhaps the leadership of the lockdown states should answer for those choices … and the media should answer for its coverage of them, too.”

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It’s not hyperbolic fantasy now but in your face reality

The Story Of George Floyd Isn’t A Story Of Good And Evil, But Does America Know That? Christopher Bedford — “It’s a story of hard streets, difficult decisions, heightened tempers, and hard drugs. It’s a story about human beings, our duties, our failings, and our weaknesses.”

Varieties of Legal Corruption. Clarice Feldman — “One might expect that bar examiners, judicial conduct boards, the state attorney general, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the IRS would register some interest in what appears to be appalling legal violations by officers of the court and the judges , but I don’t see anything happening yet to check these outrages.”

The January 6th ‘Insurrection’ that Wasn’t. Ron Wright — “The “attack” on the Capitol started well before then President Trump finished his speech at the rally at The Ellipse. This attack was no spontaneous event as alleged by Democrats, the Media, and the Radical Left. It is evident to any police officer who has been on a police line this attack was preplanned when coupled with the intelligence compiled by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and other agencies. From the videos, this is self-evident, e.g., coordination, tactics in engaging the police lines, hand signals, gas masks, bear spray, goggles, helmets, knee pads, improvised weapons, and milk to neutralize crowd control gasses.”

Ashli Babbitt was shot because she wore a backpack. M. Dowling — “When a police officer, especially a white officer, kills a black person, s/he is held to an impossibly high standard. … In the case of Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed in the Capitol riot of January 6th, no one is allowed to know a thing.”

Minneapolis City Council Sticks It To Chauvin. Paul Mirengoff — “Today, the city of Minneapolis announced a $27 million settlement with the family of George Floyd. The family had sued the city for the alleged wrongful death of Floyd.” … “Given its timing, the announcement looks to me like an attempt to prevent Chauvin from getting a fair trial, assuming there was ever any chance of him getting one in Minneapolis.”

“It’s scary that the power of multiple branches of government is being exerted this forcefully, and seemingly in concert, against a citizen who has been convicted of no crime. It’s also, I believe, a sign of things to come.

The guilt and victimhood of the fathers – reparations for slavery. neo — “Here’s what Oregon is contemplating: … I have quite a few questions.”

Retired Army Sgt. Kenneth Harrelson Arrested for Attending Jan. 6 Protests – Family’s Bank Account Locked Down, Wife Loses Her Job, They Are Frightened and Don’t Know What to Do. Jim Hoft — Here is Angel’s story.

Poll Finds Most Democrats Still Think Trump Stole The 2016 Election – Why Aren’t They Being Canceled? I & I Editorial Board — “does anyone remember any company canceling contracts with a Democrat for not wanting to certify the 2016 election results? Or endless articles about how Democrats undermined democracy? Or attempts to silence Democrats spewing falsehoods on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube?” … “The only difference between Democrats under Trump and Republicans today is that Republicans have a stronger case for a stolen election than Democrats ever did. ”

“Which is the bigger affront to Democracy – some property damage by a handful of angry citizens, or an attempt by top federal officials to undermine and unseat a duly elected president?

When Kenosha Might Have Burned Again, Local TV News Coverage Calmed the Flames their Broadcast Networks Fanned. Rabbi Elliot B. Gertel — “Because of the strong case for self-defense and for the need to prevent the taking of the children under any circumstance, dictated by the warrant, both Graveley and Wray insisted that they could not make a criminal case against Officer Sheskey, even though Jacob Blake was, tragically, paralyzed from the waist down by the shots.”

“I was curious about national coverage of the press conference by the traditional three broadcast networks on their January 5 evening news, so I taped those programs in advance.

In all fairness to the network reports, they were aired around two hours after the press conference began. But how could they have missed the key points?

I checked on how Milwaukee’s “big three” network news outlets covered the press conference in their 10:00 news programs. They did a creditable job — indeed, a yeoman job when one factors in the failures of the national and Chicago coverage.

The U.S. Military Just Became A Political Attack Machine Against Joe Biden’s Opponents. Patrick Swan — “The federal government just used its publicly employed career professionals to target a working journalist for professional destruction.”

“Wait—the Trump Department of Defense never did any of this in response to those actual words of Rachel Maddow linked above: No spokesman denunciation, no coordinated reaction by senior military leaders, no complaint that she should keep her mouth shut because she never served a single day in uniform.

The Trump DoD never did any of this. But Joe Biden’s DoD just did.

It is unseemly, of course, for a DoD spokesman to so venomously misrepresent what an opinion journalist said and then to question why the journalist dared to say it. This is even worse than that. It is an atrocious assault on the operation of a free press to then coordinate a department-wide propaganda campaign to smear a journalist for saying things he didn’t and to dissent from DoD policies with words he did say.

The military’s reputation has suffered a tremendous self-inflicted hit. We must use our voices to ensure those running it understand this is never to be repeated.

Maternity Flight Suits and Other Admonitions. Roger Kimball — “When the Gods of the Copybook Headings return maternity flight suits will not be part of the drama.” … “No matter what Lloyd Austin or the media tells you, the trouble with the U.S. Armed Forces is not political extremism but the enervating rust of political correctness.”

Instapundit on Roger Simon: All Red States Must Join Gov. DeSantis to Restrain Big Tech — “Through algorithmic manipulation, de-platforming and other noxious off-shoots of the tyrannical cancel culture these companies are changing history, reversing freedoms hard won since the Magna Carta, while having an unconscious numbing effect on our brains that eventually would render us a race of drones.”

For Democrats, It’s ‘Never Say Die’ on Passing Gun Control. Rick Moran — “If the definition of insanity is to do something over and over and expect different results, the entire Democratic caucus needs to be committed.”

North Carolina Supreme Court Upholds Judicially Mandated Speech And Censorship On Blog. Jonathan Turley — “The opinion in my view is an outrageous overreach of judicial authority and an attack on free speech. Yet the North Carolina Supreme Court has now upheld the sentence without any opinion.”

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Cancel this!

Democrats Are Sacrificing American Kids’ Lives To Get More Power. Joy Pullmann — “If a child doesn’t have to die to save grandma from coronavirus, why would we ever let that child die? A heartbreaking longread from ProPublica challenges the nation.”

“The more a county voted for Democrats, the more likely its schools were to be closed. The analysis also found that the stronger the local teachers unions — another proxy for Democrat control — the less likely the schools were to be open.

Democrats lied, and children died. According to Joe Biden’s lockdown speech Thursday, they’re not done, either.

Rigged To Fail: From Lies To Populism, From Musk To Powell. Matthew Piepenburg via GoldSwitzerland.com — “But as investors and citizens, we are getting quite used to the shameless. The staggering decline in basic ethics in the rigged-to-fail game of lax regulation and robust dishonesty that so characterizes the U.S. securities market is now the norm rather than exception.”

“As the 1% enjoys the spoils of such “interesting” behavior, the remaining 99% are feeling a “disturbance in the force” and are becoming understandably angry for reasons they can’t fully put their fingers on.

Instapundit — Yesterday a Georgetown law professor was fired for getting too close for comfort to the truth about the effects of race-preferential admissions. But it was not the first hullabaloo on that topic to erupt at Georgetown. Here’s the story:

Maybe the pendulum is starting to swing on cancel culture. Andrea Widburg — “I’ve learned that, if I apply my natural cynicism and pessimism to anything that originated with leftists, I will almost invariably correctly predict the future. Nevertheless, there’s a small part of me that always hopes things will get better.”

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You’ve been had. Again and again.

Courts Repeatedly Refused To Consider Trump’s Election Claims On The Merits. Bob Anderson — “The losing side needed to know that a fair shake was given, and that justice prevailed, even if it wasn’t the outcome they wanted. That did not happen after Nov. 3.”

“The election is over. There has been an inauguration. So why did ABC’s George Stephanopoulos feel the need to berate a U.S. senator and his audience with the demand, “Can’t you just say the words: This election was not stolen?” Why must he shout, “There were 86 challenges filed by President Trump and his allies in court. All were dismissed!”

Perhaps, the answer lies in the details of those cases, as much in how they were adjudicated as in the final rulings.

In reality, there were 28 unique cases filed across the six contested states by President Trump or others on his behalf.

we can recognize that many of the cases produced no useful information relative to election integrity.

At times, judges resorted to Clintonian wordsmithing to relieve a word of its recognized meaning.

The one thing many voters seem to have learned through the legal chaos is that it’s easier to commit election violations than to stop them. So the electorate remains divided—even after “86 election cases.”

Why Election Integrity Matters. Vince Coyner — “Specifically, the Founder’s Constitution worked because – by design – it was insulated from men’s passions.” … “Today, America sits and watches as Democrats essentially send the Constitution through the shredder.”

How Are Popular Uprisings Triggered? Mark Wauck — “The way I read that, YOU–you Trump voters–are the “deeper sickness”. Gurri wants to cure YOU, but for now he’ll settle with addressing the symptoms–meaning, Trump–and get to YOU later.” … “the Dems and their Corporate proxies are doubling down on their “delusional, ham fisted, authoritarian” tactics.”

Biden’s scary, boring, and bizarre address to the nation. Andrea Widburg — “On Thursday night, a masked Biden tottered down a long, empty hall to a podium. He then gave the most bizarre presidential address in American history.”

If This Week You Learned Biden is ‘Hopeful’ And Tucker Carlson Is Evil, Congratulations, You’ve Been Lied To. Christopher Bedford — “”

“If you hadn’t watched the president’s prime-time address, you might think it was something — anything — other than the most depressing, defeated, and resigned speech since President Jimmy Carter held the office. You might think he hadn’t devoted his third sentence to a baseless attack on his predecessor, and the entire rest of his address to death, sadness, loneliness, and despair. You might think he hadn’t literally threatened the American people, warning, “We may have to reinstate restrictions to get back on track, please, we don’t want to do that again.”

Rather, to read The Washington Post homepage’s featured commentary on the address, you’d think “Much of that speech was about hope.”

If you’re wondering why you didn’t see any of this, don’t worry: It didn’t happen. But more and more, we all have to take a step back, throw some water on our faces, and look around in disbelief at the state of our corporate media.

The Blatant Fraud Behind The New $1.9 Tril ‘COVID Relief’ Law. I & I Editorial Board — “With the COVID-19 relief bill now signed into law, it can’t be any clearer that Americans have had the wool pulled over their eyes on what this really was all about.”

Biden Fires Eeoc General Counsel For Protecting Religious Rights. Paul Mirengoff — “What, then, is there to dislike about Gustafson? The only thing I can think of is her vigorous opposition to discrimination based on religion in the workplace which, in the context of one piece of EEOC litigation, has displeased LGBT activists.”

Criticizing Public Figures, Including Influential Journalists, is Not Harassment or Abuse. Glenn Greenwald — “As social media empowers uncredentialed people to be heard, society’s most powerful actors seek to cast themselves as victims and delegitimize all critiques.”

Department of Defense Prints a Disturbing, Unprofessional Attack on Tucker Carlson, Proving How Politicized They’ve Become. Nick Arama — “Tucker Carlson earned the ire of some on the left for saying something truly radical: that maybe pregnant women should be involved in a combat zone/be fighting wars. … He spoke about how, while China is building up their Navy to be reportedly bigger than ours, Joe Biden’s focus was…maternity flight suits and updating requirements for hair styles.”

The Real COVID Nursing Home Scandal Is Why Cuomo And Other Democrats Did It. Willis L. Krumholz and Robert Delahunty — “What’s worse than using political and legal authority to cause the agonizing deaths of a large number of elderly? Doing that as a cynical favor to monied corporate donors.”

Did The Shutdowns Save Lives? A Year Later, Statistical Analysis Suggests Not. Chuck DeVore — “There is no evidence shutdowns did anything but deepen the economic suffering, increase suicides, and prevent lifesaving medical tests and treatments.”

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Inconsistencies showing?

How Mark Zuckerberg’s Election Money Helped An Out-Of-State Democrat Get His Hands On Wisconsin’s 2020 Vote. M.D. Kittle – “Erick Kaardal said Zuckerberg’s election security funding came with conditions that bound the city to give these left-leaning actors power they could not legally take.”

CDC Misrepresented Scientific Research To Keep Schools Closed At Kids’ Expense. Tristan Justice – “CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in February the new guidelines were based in part on pressure from Democrats and teachers’ unions, which have resisted a return to in-person instruction across the country.”

Masks Are Just Part of the Socialists’ Uniform. J.B. Shurk – “The Centers for Disease Control released another study showing no statistically significant decrease in “daily case” or “death growth” rates from COVID-19 in areas with mask mandates.”

Biden Broke The Border, Now He Owns The Crisis. I & I Editorial Board – “Yet Biden won’t explain why the surge is happening, much less take responsibility for it. He won’t even admit there’s a problem.” … “This issue isn’t how will Biden “deal with” the surge of illegal border crossers. The issue is whether anyone will force Biden to take responsibility for causing it in the first place.”

Biden’s FAA Forcing Air Traffic Controllers to Wear Masks While Speaking to Pilots, Causing Serious Read-Back Errors. Debra Heine – “The whistleblower noted that communication issues have always been a concern, but the mask mandate has made the problem much worse.”

Leftists’ inconsistencies are catching up with them. Andrea Widburg – “During the four years of Trump’s presidency, the leftists were free to go crazy with their theories because they never had to put them to the test” … “Now that Democrats control the entire federal government, though, and can set policies, leftists are discovering that many of their most beloved theories cannot coexist. The inevitable clashes will create opportunities for conservatives.”

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The first problem with mandating kindness

Forcing People To Wear Masks Isn’t Kind, It’s Selfish. Auguste Meyrat – “Pro-maskers need to see that, for the other side, this supposed symbol of ‘charity’ and ‘solidarity’ has become the exact opposite.” … “it’s not enough to review the declining number of hospitalizations or the negligible differences masks seem to make to explain how this could justify lifting the mandate. It’s time to refute the symbol.”

The first problem with mandating kindness, as St. Thomas Aquinas notes, is that enforcing such a rule creates more problems than it solves. It generates acrimony between neighbors, places a greater burden on law enforcement, and stigmatizes people who simply don’t believe in the mandate. Few people would argue that people are happier and feel safer now. Rather, it’s the opposite: people are less social, more paranoid, and generally despondent.

The second problem with mandating kindness, particularly with using the mask as a symbol, is that symbols aren’t reality. … confusing the symbol with reality is a common problem with any social awareness campaign, and COVID-19 is no exception.

The Futility of the Great Lockdown Melodrama. Peter Murphy – “In most cases the increase that occurred was never more than a moderate fraction of the less than one per cent of the population that every year dies from all causes.” … “In short there is no evidence of systemic government efficacy in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.” … “In spite of all the melodrama that exuded from the political and media classes in 2020, the most effective prophylactic in dealing with the coronavirus was not government but a normally-functioning society.”

“Part of the problem is the contemporary idea of truth. When post-modern philosophies began to spread widely after the 1970s, a lot of people started to say that we were living in a post-truth age. On the contrary, if anything our age is far too preoccupied with “the truth” in the form of correctness. Being “correct” has its value. If I do a calculation, I want it to be correct. But correctness is also often juvenile. It functions like the eight-year-old child stamping and shouting, “I am right, I am right”. Throughout 2020, a crescendo of people shouting “I am right, I am right” descended on the world. Malicious tags were applied to anyone who dared to disagree with them. Truth in the petulant form of “correctness” offered certainty in the face of anxiety. It was an emotional anaesthetic and soporific. But this hardly rose to the level of Popperian science.

We tend today to think of scepticism as “asking critical questions”. But historically it was more than that. The intellectual sceptic was someone who could weigh competing considerations. It involved a balancing of pros and cons. Scepticism doesn’t mean nay-saying. It means: have you thought about this countervailing factor? Are you sure that all the good you claim is being achieved is not cancelled out (or worse) by the ancillary effects of your measures? Have you thought about seeking a multifaceted optimal series of measures rather than pursuing a single maximal set of methods? In short, is the harm obviated by the measure you plan outweighed by the harm caused by your measure?

The Smug Arrogance Of The ‘Science’ Crowd. I & I Editorial Board – “Science” is never invoked by the political left to illuminate, educate, or guide. It’s used to terminate discussion, to shut down debate.”

C.S. Lewis said “those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” It’s just as true that those who are persuaded of their own righteousness will subjugate us without a moment’s hesitancy.

Climate and COVID: The Erosion of Common Intelligence and Common Sense. David Solway – “Climate delirium has been with us for a generation and more and has been discussed and analyzed in innumerable articles and books. The authentic literature on the subject has long been discoverable by any sentient person. What is comparatively new on the psychogenic scene is Covid Derangement Syndrome.” … “A population in the throes of panic is easily cowed and manipulated.”

Why It’s Ignorant And Racist To Pretend U.S. Lands Still Belong To Native Tribes. Casey Chalk – “Like most new racial history exercises, land acknowledgments are less about a true reflection of the past than grievance politics aThe first problem with mandating kindnessThe first problem with mandating kindnessnd superficial gestures.” … “Honoring any American Indian tribe as the “original” inhabitants of some geographic area is both disingenuous and ahistorical, given any such people had almost certainly displaced another.”

Such land acknowledgments are built upon a broader, polemical historical narrative in which violent, imperialist Europeans arrived on American shores and brutally exterminated or displaced peaceful American Indian tribes that maintained a symbiotic relationship with nature.

This, too, has no relationship to historical reality. Human sacrifice, cannibalism, torture, and slavery were ubiquitous across native peoples, from the Aztecs, who sacrificed hundreds of thousands of captured peoples, to even the Algonquins and Iroquois. Indeed, we know of these cultural traits in part because they were practiced against early European explorers and missionaries.

The problem isn’t just historical inaccuracy, but a simplistic, ideologically driven victim narrative that presents an incomplete — and genuinelThe first problem with mandating kindnessy incoherent — conception of American Indians.

this program fosters new forms of prejudice and racism by presenting Western civilization as somehow singularly or incomparably wicked.

What matters far more than adjudicating who are the true native peoples of this or that geographic area is to recognize that it is collectively ours as American citizens, regardless of skin color or ethnic heritage. That is a narrative our Founding Fathers fought to fashion, and it’s one worth keeping.

Biden’s Open Border Policies May Not Work Out After All. Jazz Shaw – “The current situation is being described as a crisis, even by some Democrats and Biden supporters and there doesn’t seem to be any plan in place to deal with the surging numbers.” Also note the media behavior observations.

Ballots in Arizona County Found Shredded in Dumpster, Days Before Senate Audit. Jay Greenberg – “Discovery emerges in Maricopa County, Arizona before 2020 election audit starts.” A headline elsewhere says the person who reported this was arrested.

Swalwell Sues. John Hinderaker – “The Democrats intend to ride the mini-riot at the Capitol on January 6 for all it is worth. One aspect of their strategy is lawsuits by people like Eric Swalwell.” … “Swalwell’s complaint is weirdly pseudo-religious, referring repeatedly to “sacraments” and the “sacredness” of the U.S. Capitol.”

Nevertrumpers Back Radical DOJ Nominee. Paul Mirengoff – “There are two types of NeverTrumpers. The first type hates Trump, but that hatred doesn’t cause them to abandon long-held conservative principles. The second type’s hatred of Trump leads them to shift positions on matters of policy.” … “it’s odd, and probably unprecedented, to launch an ad campaign for such a nominee. And it’s disingenuous to claim that this particular nominee is a bridge builder and that conservative opposition to her confirmation is just “playing politics.”

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Cultures in conflict

Australian Imams Stand Up for Sharia. Mark Durie – “The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) attracted trenchant public criticism when on December 5 it released a guide on fostering, adoption and guardianship.”

“The problem is that sharia is in many respects fundamentally inconsistent with Australian community standards and laws. The outrage that political leaders have expressed over the ANIC’s document on fostering, adoption and guardianship is in reality outrage at Islam itself, and a rejection of its divine status.

The global rise of sharia is one of the big faith stories of the past half-century. Sharia is challenging Western legal systems and social structures in many ways, but we should be surprised by none of this.

Meghan Markle ‘didn’t do any research’ on the British royal family, exposing herself as a fool. Monica Showalter – “not just ignorant, but willfully ignorant, proud of her ignorance, flippantly stating she never did “any research,” as if that’s something to be proud of.”

Dems’ ‘Election Reforms’ Would End American Democracy As We Know It. I & I Editorial Board – “Yes, elections have consequences, and terrible bills like this certainly prove that. Anyone who voted for the Democrats in 2020 hoping for a “turn to the center” should by now be feeling mighty foolish. H.R. 1 is but one example.” … “Now for specifics. The list below from the Conservative Action Project shows H.R. 1 in all its radical ugliness.”

“Those who think that “woke” and “cancel” cultures and demonizing Trump supporters as “domestic terrorists” aren’t preludes to something awful are blind to the historical truth.

they all share in common: Their people get poorer and sicker, their economies slowly collapse, and their miserable citizens seek desperately to leave, all because they can’t change things through the ballot box. Short of violence, they can do nothing about it. Sadly, the “For The People Act” is a step in that direction.

Supreme Court Tosses Trump’s Last Election Appeals. Tyler Durden – “The US Supreme Court on Monday tossed the last of three cases brought by former President Donald Trump challenging his 2020 election loss, ending his quest for vindication through the courts – hardly any of which actually considered the evidence presented, and instead dismissed the cases on technical grounds.” The court has abrogated its duty.

Three Trump Foreign Policy Successes Biden Is Undoing. Joel B. Pollak – “for no apparent reason other than radical ideology and political spite.”

“In each case, former President Donald Trump was able to achieve goals that both parties had long claimed to share. And in each case, Biden has not only hurt the interests of the United States, but reduced the leverage that he might otherwise have had to pursue foreign policy goals unique to his administration.

 

Opposing Left-Wing Indoctrination Is Not Cancel Culture. Paul Bradford – “The Right no longer has the luxury to meekly protest as the other side brainwashes our youth.” … “some conservatives (and many liberals) make the bad-faith argument that resistance to wokeness is, in fact, “cancel culture.”

Media Using Same ‘Anonymous Sources’ Tactic for Capitol Hill Riot That Propelled Russia Hoax. Mike LaChance – “The term ‘according to sources’ has become a punchline, and people in media are the only ones who don’t get the joke. They used this dishonest tactic to push the debunked Steele dossier, the Russia collusion lie, and more.” … “Here’s how this game works.” … “The dishonest and lazy media is doing this for a specific and obvious reason.”

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